JUST IN!!! LOOKS LIKE BROTHER FRANK WILL BE COMPETING IN THE OLYMPICS. ANDY ISN'T MENTIONED AS FAR AS BEING ON ON THE LUXENBOURG TEAM. HOPEFULLY HE WILL BE RIDING LA VUELTA. I WILL SHARE AS I LEARN MORE.
CADEL EVANS HAS DISPELLED RUMORS ABOUT HIS OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION! WHEW! THOSE RUMORS WERE REALLY FLYING! (note: who cares?)
Yay Team Astana is invited! Go Levi!
While Team CSC-Saxo Bank hasn't announced who will be racing in la Vuelta; I am assuming that Andy will be there. Team Silence Lotto is also invited, but Cadel may still be crying about the Tour and following up on his anger management issues. I am sure that Levi Leipheimer
is stoked and ready to go.
While some might not think Andy "has what it takes" to perform awesomely (still don't know if that's a word) in la Vuelta; I have found some statistics that prove that he can kick Silence Lotto's (more specifically)- Cadel Evans' big fat diva butt. The theory is this: what Andy and Carlos might lose in the flats they will easily make up in the climbs. You know the steep parts where Andy sings and reads his newspaper while Cadel is struggling to breathe and stay on his bike. Please see below:
Time loss in 83km flat ITTs during Tour de France 2008 (to Evans)
Carlos Sastre: 1:22+0:29=1:51 (lost 1.3s/km
Andy Schleck: 1:08+1:57=3:05 (lost 2.2s/km)
Time loss in 43 km flat ITT during Giro 2007 (to Savoldelli)
Andy Schleck: 1:28 (lost 2.0s/km)
There are 40 climbs in la Vuelta. Andy should shred. (If he is racing)
Stay tuned: my next topic will be a mixed-methods research review of temper flare-ups and the increase in cannibalism in Pro Cycling.